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BIRMBA by Merindi Schreiber, is a new work for children and families. traditional and contemporary First Nation’s identities through connection to country and community. This interactive, super fun yet sensitive play is centred around three Birmba (Cockatoos) aka larrikins. Birmba explores the lives of Jawun (friends), Kukubaka, Jankaji and Junkurrji who share their personal journeys through song, dance and yarns, each trying to communicate to their fellow Rainforest Jawun along the way. Will they find their voice to send the alarm for a once-in-a-century freak dust storm or will their voices fall on deaf ears.
This new work was originally developed as part of SPARKS in 2020/21 and QPAC will continue to support the development of BIRMBA on country in 2022.
About Merindi Schreiber
Merindi’s artistic practice is grounded with a deep connection to her mother’s land, Kuku Yalanji (Mossman, NQ). Language, culture and history through song, Merindi’s Bama resonance and soulful, easy-listening mixes echo her passion to educate and empower through the creative song expression.
Her involvement in various community initiatives and performances have included festivals, gatherings, events, corporate functions and school-based programs. From performer to producer, participant to listener, singer to weaver, writer to consultant, Merind’s experience in the arts sector is reflective of her Yalanji name Jankaji – Wealth of Knowledge. Bama = People of the Land.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country